What is physical trauma?

Physical trauma is a traumatic injury to the body caused by either blunt force or penetration. It is common for people who have experienced a physical trauma to also experience psychological trauma as a result of the severity and unexpected nature of their injury. The varying levels of severity mean that some people who experience trauma will face a long admission to hospital and extensive rehabilitation following their injury.

Types of physical trauma

There are many types of major physical trauma. These include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine fractures
  • Amputation
  • Facial trauma
  • Crush injury
  • Broken bones
  • Skull fracture
  • Collapsed lung
  • Cuts and puncture wounds
  • Paralysis
  • Concussion

Causes of physical trauma

There are two main causes of physical trauma. These are:

Blunt Force Trauma

when an object or force strikes the body, often causing concussions, deep cuts, or broken bones. Blunt force trauma can be caused by falls, road traffic accidents, crush injuries, assaults, and burns.

Penetrating Trauma:

When an object pierces the skin or body, usually creating an open wound or loss of limb. Penetrating trauma usually involves shooting, stabbing or falling onto a sharp object (impalement).


Where will my treatment take place?

Our team usually treat patients both at home and at our facility. This give us the opportunity to give you a well-rounded treatment plan which doesn’t miss anything that might need working on.

My trauma happened a number of years ago, will physiotherapy still benefit me?

Definitely! Physiotherapy can help you with the primary and secondary side-effects of your trauma regardless of the number of years since the incident.

How long will I need physiotherapy for?

This depends on the patient and how much care and support they require following their surgery. Rehabilitation following surgery is a long process and so we usually recommend having physiotherapy 3 times per week over 6 months.

What will my treatment involve?

Your treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy such as massage, and physical therapy. This could mean using some of our equipment or practising functional movements.

Do I need a referral?

At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.